Adaptation And Risk Reduction-IISD Publications

Mar 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Adaptation, Advocacy, Books, Carbon, Development and Climate Change, Disaster and Emergency, Disasters and Climate Change, Ecosystem Functions, Global Warming, Governance, Government Policies, Information and Communication, International Agencies, Lessons, Publication, Research, Resilience, Vulnerability

crm_peruIISD: Reports summarizing the risks associated with climate variability and change in selected sectors, ecosystems and/or regions in three African and four Latin American and Caribbean countries are now available.

African reports:

  • Kenya: Climate risk management for malaria control in Kenya: the case of the western Kenyan highlands
  • Niger: Sustainable wetland management in the face of climate risks in Niger: the case of La Mare de Tabalak
  • Uganda: Climate risk management for sustainable crop production in Uganda: Rakai (southwest) and Kapchorwa (east) districts

Latin America and the Caribbean reports:

  • Dominican Republic: Climate Risk Management for Water and Agriculture in the Yaque del Sur Watershed
  • Honduras: Climate Risk Management for Smallholder Agriculture
  • Nicaragua: Climate Risk Management in the Health Sector
  • Peru: Climate Risk Management for Agriculture in the Regions of Junín and Piura

Prepared by IISD, the reports draw upon our innovative and tailored approach to climate risk management, which was applied by IISD and our partners as part of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Climate Risk Management Technical Assistance Support Project.

  • A new version of CRiSTAL, a decision-support tool to help users design climate adaptation activities at the community level, has been released by IISD in partnership with IUCN, SEI, and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. Updates include making the tool available as a desktop application; increased attention to gender and equity issues; addition of a module on designing and evaluating new project activities; and improved guidance on data and information collection for each step. The updated tool and accompanying revised user’s manual were developed between 2010 and 2012 based on extensive user feedback and field tests.

Recent Publications

  • Capacity Assessment and Awareness Raising on Climate Change in Tajikistan
    A paper written by IISD project manager Livia Bizikova has been published by the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program. The report presents findings from a series of five Participatory Scenario Development sessions held to build capacity on climate change adaptation and validate and augment plans for Tajikistan’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR). It is one of the outputs of Phase I of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Tajikistan.
  • CRiSTAL Stories: CRiSTAL helps farmers adapt to drought on the slopes of Mount Elgon, Uganda
    In this CRiSTAL Stories brief, Julie Karami (IISD) and Sophie Kutegeka (IUCN-Uganda) document how the application of the Community-Based Risk Screening Tool— Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRiSTAL) framework in Sansaza parish, Eastern Uganda, led to the development of a community-driven water gravity flow scheme for irrigation. The scheme will help people adapt to prolonged dry spells—a trend that may increase in the context of climate change. Other outcomes of the CRiSTAL process include: the development of a common understanding of the climate issues, increased cohesion among local actors and increased support for climate adaptation in the area from external agencies.
  • CRiSTAL Stories: CRiSTAL Supports Climate-Resilient Development in the Peruvian Andes
    In this CRiSTAL Stories brief, Marius Keller (IISD) and Tatiana Farfán de la Vega (CARE-Peru) document how application of the CRiSTAL framework in the municipality of Santa Teresa, in the Cusco region of Peru, led local communities to identify a range of climate and gender-sensitive adaptation measures, in line with local culture and traditions. Continuous engagement of local government in the CRiSTAL process further contributed to the inclusion of climate adaptation into local development plans, which has now been replicated in the surrounding municipalities.

A full list of IISD’s publications in the area of Adaptation and Risk Reduction is available through our Publications Centre.


  • CRiSTAL Project Management Tool
    The project management tool CRiSTAL (Community-Based Risk Screening Tool—Adaptation and Livelihoods) enables project planners and managers to assess an intervention’s impact on local capacity to cope with climate stress and to think about how to adjust project activities so that, at the very least, they do not undermine local coping capacity.
  • Climate Resilience and Food Security in Central America
    IISD and its partners are working to strengthen the long-term food security of highly vulnerable populations in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua by improving the climate resilience of food systems at different spatial and temporal scales. Our work includes developing practical indicators and tools that will help communities, development practitioners and policy-makers measure and strengthen resilience.
  • Climate Risk Management
    Climate change is altering the nature of the climate risks that shape human societies and ecosystems. Innovative and tailored assessment processes, particularly those that combine top-down and bottom-up approaches, are needed to better understand the changing nature of these climate risks. IISD has demonstrated such a process through our work with decision-makers in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean—helping them to identify and prioritize climate risks and related risk management options. This work was undertaken as part of the Climate Risk Management Technical Assistance Support Project of the United Nations Development Programme.
  • Current and Planned Adaptation Action in Developing Countries
    To assist the Adaptation Partnership in its efforts to promote coordination, collaboration and lesson sharing among diverse adaptation actors, IISD undertook a review of current and planned adaptation actions in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean that covered 125 countries and 12 regions. Guidance for adaptation practitioners on the potential role of communities of practice in promoting adaptation efforts was also prepared.
  • Adaptive Governance and Policy-Making
    The complexity and uncertainty associated with processes like climate change demands that our systems of governance and policies be adaptive if they are to achieve their purpose over the long term. IISD is developing tools and guidance for policy-makers to enable them to engage in adaptive policy planning and implementation. This work builds upon the Adaptive Policy-Making project completed in 2009, which advanced understanding of adaptive policies, particularly in the agriculture and water sectors, to enhance capacity to respond to both anticipated and unanticipated conditions.
  • Climate Change and Security
    Climate change could affect political and economic stability in many countries. Through partnerships at the national and local levels, IISD is developing effective ways to address emerging problems.
  • Research Papers on Adaptation and Risk Reduction
    Selected research papers and reports undertaken by IISD include the areas of tools for climate change adaptation, policy actions that build resilience, rural livelihoods and climate change in developing countries, and adaptation in developed countries.
  • Adapting to Climate Change in Eastern and Southern Africa
    Recognizing the high vulnerability of African countries to the impacts of climate change, the ACCESA project aimed to reduce the vulnerability of communities in Kenya, Mozambique and Rwanda to the impacts of climate change.



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